Villa holidays in Spain

Ronda Restaurant Recommendations - 5 more of our favourites

Ronda Restaurant Recommendations - 5 more of our favourites

As it seems that our blogs recommending restaurants in and around Ronda are among the most frequently-read (hiking in Ronda is the most popular - thanks for following us folks!) and we love to help our guests and visitors to Ronda experience the very best from our hometown, we thought it about time we shared another five of our discoveries with you. It was such a struggle to dine out in so many different places, experiencing all the natural flavours of Andalusia (and we certainly need to do a bit of hiking now to balance things out!), but we were strong enough to accept the challenge and here are the results:

What is luxury? What makes La Cazalla a luxury villa rental?

What is luxury? What makes La Cazalla a luxury villa rental?

What does the word 'luxury' mean in 2018? Do we overuse this word, in the same way that the word 'awesome' is utilised so frequently that now everything is awesome? As we market La Cazalla de Ronda as a 'luxury villa rental', we thought we'd take a look at what makes an item or experience 'luxurious'.

The Ronda Guitar Festival: One of Romantic Ronda's Super Summer Festivals

The Ronda Guitar Festival: One of Romantic Ronda's Super Summer Festivals

Something prospective guests frequently ask before confirming their booking is if there is anything to do in Ronda. The answer is always a resounding "Yes!" and we direct them to this blog where they can discover articles with recommendations of things to do in Ronda, details of adventure sports and activities, hiking, bird watching... we could go on and on. However, what is particularly tantalising is how many parties, celebrations and festivals there are going in Andalusia (around 3,000 a year!). Let's have a look at at one that's coming up soon: the Ronda International Guitar Festival.

Gifts for guests at our luxury villa rental in Ronda, Andalusia

Gifts for guests at our luxury villa rental in Ronda, Andalusia

Well, another Christmas is behind us, although here in Spain the most important day for giving gifts is yet to come - on 6th January is the Three Kings Day (la Fiesta de los Reyes). The local children will be beside themselves with excitement at dusk on 5th January when the three kings (Melchor, Gazpar and Baltasar) appear simultaneously throughout the entire land and distribute gifts. Here at La Cazalla however, we like to give gifts to our guests all year round!

Five of the Most Picturesque Towns to Visit from Ronda, Andalusia

Five of the Most Picturesque Towns to Visit from Ronda, Andalusia

What's the first image that comes to mind when you think of Spain? Blue skies? Beaches? Flamenco? Bullfighting? Paella? If you Google 'Spain' in images, actually the photos are predominantly of fantastic architecture and little white houses cascading down mountainsides. These are the pueblos blancos (white villages) and their strategically-defensive hill-top positions, narrow cobbled streets and brilliantly-white casas reflecting back the bright Andalusian sunshine make for interesting and picturesque places to visit. Here are five of our favourites within a short drive from your base at La Cazalla, our secluded luxury villa rental in Ronda:

Winter holidays in Andalusia, Spain

Winter holidays in Andalusia, Spain

Winter is coming... Well, maybe not just yet, but if you are thinking about getting away to sunny Spain this winter, here's a few reasons why it's a fantastic time of year to visit:

Our own personal unicorn

Our own personal unicorn

Since we came to live at La Cazalla, from time-to-time we have seen a wild white horse roaming in the ancient oak forest on the other side of the gorge. To us, this solo snowy stallion came to have a magical quality, and we started calling him 'our unicorn'.

Easter Holy Week (Semana Santa) in Ronda

Easter Holy Week (Semana Santa) in Ronda

Three cities in Andalucia are especially renowned for their Easter celebrations: Seville, Malaga, and our very-own little Ronda! The procession starts each year on Palm Sunday, with groups of people carrying heavy pasos adorned with Easter iconography. With everyone dressed in their finest dresses or robes for those carrying the icon, the spectacle is a feast for the eyes.

September Fiesta in Ronda

September Fiesta in Ronda

For anyone lucky enough to be in Ronda at the beginning of September, the annual Feria is a fantastic cultural event, and it doesn't have to be all about the bullfighting. The caballeros all over town and the carriage exhibition in the historic bull ring, are wonderful to see...not to mention a whole town intent on La Fiesta!!